Postgraduate study in Earth Sciences

What can you study in Earth Sciences?

Postgraduate study in Earth Sciences encompasses the study of the earth and earth processes that can also fall into the disciplines of geology, geophysics and physical geography.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Climate and Society
  • Coasts and Rivers
  • Environmental Change
  • Hazards and Disasters
  • Natural Resources
  • Volcanology, Petrology and Geochemistry

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Earth Sciences

Bachelor of Science (Honours) BSc(Hons) in Earth Sciences

Up to 30 points from 700 level courses in related subjects:
Environmental Science, Geophysics, Geography

30 points:
EARTHSCI 789 Dissertation

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Earth Sciences

Up to 30 points from 700 level courses in related subjects:
Environmental Science, Geophysics, Geography

Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences 120-point research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences 240-point research masters

Up to 30 points from 700 level courses in related subjects:
Environmental Science, Geophysics, Geography

120 points:
EARTHSCI 796 MSc Thesis in Earth Sciences

Courses

Where can postgraduate study in Earth Sciences take you?

Our graduates establish careers in areas such as resource management, hydrology, hydrogeology, coastal management, catchment management, water resources, mineral exploration, petroleum exploration, environmental geochemistry, engineering geology, natural hazards research, meteorology and geothermal energy.

Jobs related to Earth Sciences

  • Climate scientist
  • Engineering geologist
  • Environmental assessment, restoration and rehabilitation
  • Environmental consultant
  • Exploration geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geomorphologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geotechnical analyst
  • Hydrologist/hydrogeologist
  • Landscape modeller
  • Marine geologist
  • Palaeontologist
  • Resource, hazard, risk and environmental analyst/manager
  • Seismologist
  • Soil scientist
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Volcanologist

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre or contact Dr Jennifer Eccles.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics